Navy leans toward Mayport for littoral combat ship
Newport News Daily Press
A Navy document released Thursday identified Mayport, Fla, over Norfolk as a preferred base for as many as 14 littoral combat ships by 2020.
The draft environmental assessment does not represent a final decision. That is expected later this year, said Ted Brown, a spokesman for Fleet Forces Command.
The Navy has already indicated Mayport as a preference for LCS basing on the East Coast. In mid-2010, then-Adm. Gary Roughead, the chief of naval operations, announced that Mayport would be the homeport of the ships, which are relatively small and designed to operate in shallow coastal waters.
The selected community would gain 3,600 people, about 1,700 crew and 1,900 family members.
The draft document will be available for a 30-day public review and comment period until March 29. Paper copies are available at the Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Library, 111 W. Ocean View Ave., Norfolk; and Meyera Oberndorf Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach.
The littoral combat ship has two variants, one built by Lockheed Martin and one built by Austal. The Navy said up to 21 crews would be available for the 14 ships. Six ships would be deployed at any given time, leaving eight ships and 15 crews in port.
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